Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Collin's NFL Preview: Gusty Predictions

The NFL season is about to kick off and everybody and their cousin has their NFL predictions out on the interwebs. I am also going to throw my hat into that ring.

The process that goes into these predictions is quite simple. You go to ESPN’s website, click on the NFL page, click on schedule and then you see every game for all 17 weeks of the NFL season. This way assures me that I don’t give both the Cowboys and the Giants a win in a Cowboys vs. Giants matchup.

That’s about all there is to it.

I didn’t do extensive amounts of research, this is more of a gut feeling kind of thing. So, I suppose, these are really ‘gutty’ predictions, if I say so myself.

Here’s how you read the chart: a ‘1’ equals a win for the week, a ‘0’ equals a loss and a ‘BYE’ means it is that team’s bye week. The AFC teams are the first half of the chart; the NFC is featured in the bottom half. The different colors are meant to separate the divisions for easier reading. The ‘WINNER’ featured at the end of some records equals the winner of that division; ‘WC’ stands for a Wild Card winner. The teams listed after are the playoff seeds. Enjoy:

Speaking of the playoffs, here’s how I predict they will go down.

In the AFC:

The Patriots and Broncos will get the byes. Third seeded Indianapolis will beat the sixth seeded Cleveland Browns. Fourth seeded Cincinnati will be victorious over the fifth seeded Houston Texans.

In the second round, the Patriots will face the Bengals and come out on top against the Stripes. Peyton Manning will beat his former Colts squad and Andrew Luck leading the Broncos to the AFC Championship game.

That AFC Championship game will be a battle of great quarterbacks and looks to be a great one on paper. Tom Brady, the greatest-living American, will not be able to topple Mt. Manning in a snowy Foxboro. Broncos head to the Super Bowl.

In the NFC:

The 49ers and the Falcons will grab the byes for NFC dominance. Green Bay will grab the third seed, but will be upset by a sixth seeded Cowboys team led by Tony Romo, who will finally win a big one. The Giants and Eli Manning will go to Seattle to face the Seahawks and the 12th Man. The 12th Man will leave the stadium happy, toppling the Giants.

Second round pits the Niners and the ‘Boys against each other and will trigger many, many great playoff memories. The ride will continue for the Niners, whom will beat the ‘Boys pretty handedly. The Seahawks will once again go into the Georgia Dome to face the Falcons in the Divisional Round, this time the Seahawks will fly victorious.

Of course, it’s not a real shock; the NFC Championship Game will feature an NFC West divisional matchup with the 49ers hosting the Seahawks. A whole lot of mobility and a whole lot of familiarity will result in a fabulous game, that results in the 49ers being the ones heading to a (according to the Farmer’s Alemannic) a snowy New York/New Jersey for the Super Bowl.

That means the Super Bowl comes down between the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers. I would really like to make this dramatic, but… the Denver Broncos will be winners. Peyton Manning will win his second Super Bowl ring and will further cement his place in Canton.

Only time will tell how good wrong I am.

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